This week from director Leste Chen and Well Go USA Entertainment is what happens when he counts to three from “The Great Hypnotist.”
Xu Ruining (Zheng Xu) is a well known and respected psychiatrist that teaches and uses hypnosis to treat patients with their deep rooted issues. When his mentor Pro Fang (Zhong Lu) approaches him after a class with a special case, she asks him to please take the time to help.
The case is Ren Xiaoyan (Karen Mok), a woman who claims to see ghosts. Ruining isn’t so easily swayed to believe as he begins to unravel her past that is deeply rooted in being abandoned by her parents at an early age.
As the doctor tries to connect the dots, he finally hypnotizes Ren to discover what she isn’t sharing with him. She isn’t an ordinary patient as her attitude is dark and there is something strangely secretive that might hold danger.
What Ruining discovers about Ren Xiaoyan is only the beginning of a life that is filled with more questions than answers – but whose life is it?
Xu as Dr. Ruining is a straight forward man who is sure of his profession and draws in large crowds who want to hear what he has to say. He doesn’t believe in ghosts and doesn’t suffer those who try to convince him otherwise. Perhaps that’s what irritates him most about Ren Xiaoyan. Xu runs an emotionally tight ship in this character portrayal and when he is confronted with a difficult patient he STILL keeps it together. That’s the rub as the twists and turns come into play.
Mok as Ren Xiaoyan is scary from the moment Ruining retrieves her standing in front of the hall clock. Dark eyes and fragile looks is the strongest meaning of ‘looks can be deceiving’. Mok is strong, determined and won’t suffer the foolishness of what she thinks Dr. Ruining is attempting to do with her. Mok nails this from beginning to end!
Other cast include: Zhong Lu as Pro Fang, Jing Hu as Cheng Ting and David Yao-Qing Wang as Luo Yusong.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Great Hypnotist” four tubs of popcorn out of five. What an amazing story of twists, turns and effects that take the viewer even deeper into the story. From the start to the end it is clear that this is no ordinary doctor/patient relationship. It is almost a game of cat and mouse to see who is going to outsmart who.
Dr. Ruining isn’t going to be convinced about ghosts and Ren Xiaoyan is going to make sure a psychiatrist isn’t going to change her mind about how she sees her past. It really is a treat to watch these two actors go head to head while actually rooting for them both.
If you’re looking for an original story, beautiful cinematography, fantastic effects and a plot that will make your jaw drop, then “The Great Hypnotist” is a film that you absolutely need to see. The 102 minute film is in Mandarin with subtitles from Wanda Pictures and FortissimoFilms.
In the end — in one night both of their worlds are going to change!